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New York
50
Hawaii
49
California
48
Oregon
46
Maryland
45
Delaware
44
Vermont
43
New Mexico
42
Rhode Island
41
Mississippi
40
Washington
39
Minnesota
38
Illinois
37
Connecticut
36
West Virginia
35
Maine
34
Nebraska
33
Louisiana
32
Ohio
31
Massachusetts
30
Iowa
29
New Jersey
28
South Carolina
28
Kansas
27
Wyoming
26
Kentucky
25
Alaska
24
Arkansas
23
Alabama
22
Texas
21
Utah
20
Oklahoma
19
Montana
18
Wisconsin
17
North Carolina
16
North Dakota
15
Virginia
15
Pennsylvania
14
Colorado
12
Missouri
11
Idaho
10
Arizona
9
Georgia
8
Michigan
7
Indiana
6
South Dakota
5
Tennessee
4
Nevada
3
Florida
2
New Hampshire
1

Least Free States 2024

Least Free States 2024

Least Free States 2024

Notes:
- All scores are expressed as rankings, with the best-performing state earning a rank of 1 and the worst-performing state earning the rank of 50.
- The freedom rankings are the compilation of more than 230 policy variables drawn from more than 20 categories, including political campaign finance, labor, education, healthcare, gun laws, gambling, marriage, and land use.

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State
Freedom Rank
Change in Rank Since 2016
Fiscal Policy Rank
Personal Freedom Rank
Regulatory Policy Rank
New York50495048
Hawaii49504645
California48412650
Oregon46-642946
Maryland451243247
Delaware44-3444733
Vermont43246444
New Mexico4258535
Rhode Island41-2273343
Mississippi403453615
Washington39-5322441
Minnesota38-1392234
Illinois377253038
Connecticut36-1174340
West Virginia353401429
Maine34-237339
Nebraska33-347202
Louisiana32-7262931
Ohio31-2204032
Massachusetts30-982542
Iowa29443193
New Jersey28-7284849
South Carolina28-2333513
Kansas27-938311
Wyoming261036415
Kentucky256234511
Alaska24-10341027
Arkansas235224414
Alabama22193725
Texas213124922
Utah20-335288
Oklahoma198292320
Montana18-3141736
Wisconsin17330219
North Carolina163211626
North Dakota151311312
Virginia15-7153818
Pennsylvania14952737
Colorado12-516728
Missouri11271530
Idaho10-211424
Arizona918619
Georgia826347
Michigan7413817
Indiana691110
South Dakota5-14186
Tennessee4123916
Nevada310123
Florida211221
New Hampshire13221
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Least Free States 2024